A Day in My Life as a Lifestyle Blogger

We are slowly but surely working our way back into normal life around here.  I shared yesterday how you can help the six families at our school that lost their homes during the Hurricane.  I know that Harvey has taken a toll on all of us, but the sun is shining now and there is a real sense of hope and strength surrounding us.  Please go here if you feel led to give to one of those families.  I know they appreciate it more than words could ever express.

Today’s post is perfectly timed because it’s a collaboration with a group of other bloggers to share a day in our ordinary lives!  After this week, ordinary, normal lives is what we are all craving! A big thank you to Amy and Christy at 11 Magnolia Lane for including me in the group and for being gracious enough to let me move my post date from last week to today!

If you’re new here, welcome!  I’m Megan, a work-from-home mom of two cuties, Jordan, 18 months and James, 7 years old.  It’s a long story, but in another life I worked as a lawyer and then my dad became ill and when my legal contract job ended, I found myself out of work.  It ended up being the perfect time to take a break because my family really needed me at that time and I was able to go on every doctor visit and every hospital stay with my dad without having to worry about missing time from work.  Fast forward three years and I never went back to the legal field and I don’t plan to, but never say never!

Now, I work as a full-time blogger (but I try to squeeze it into part time hours)!  There’s never enough hours in the day, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I feel extremely blessed to be able to do what I love to do from home, working around my kids’ schedules.  And it lets me connect with you, the awesome readers that have read and supported my blog over the years.  Even though we may have never met in ‘real life’, I’m certain we’d be real life friends!

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 MORNING

 I love these “day in the life” peeks so much, so I hope you enjoy this.  It’s supposed to be a whole day recap, and I always like to give you lots of detail, so settle in and get cozy!
I got into a wake up early groove in early May, got off the groove at the end of the summer, but now I’m back on it and I love it!  It’s worth that initial pain to get so many things accomplished by 8am! On days that I work out in the morning (usually 3 days a week), I wake up at 5:30 to start my day.
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I immediately get up, brush my teeth and change into my workout clothes.  Then, I head downstairs and drink a protein drink because I need something in my stomach to get me through a workout.  I’ve never been able to workout on an empty stomach.  I fill up my water bottle, grab my gym bag and head out the door.  If you need some wake up early tips, check out mine here.

WORKOUT

I’ve been doing a 6am group class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and my hubby does his early workouts on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I also do a Saturday class and sometimes run in the evenings on Tuesdays.  It all kind of depends on who has what going on that week, but I definitely make the effort because exercise is my natural stress reliever!
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GET READY

I usually get home about 7 a.m. and Jordan is just about to wake up.  I jump in the shower and then put my hair up wet and get dressed for the day.  I like to let my hair air dry and then fix it later, unless I have somewhere to be in the morning.
I’ll quickly put on makeup, which only takes about 5 minutes, but makes me feel much better.  Ever since I got my eyebrows microbladed, I feel like it takes even less time to get ready because I don’t have to spend any time filling them in.

The good thing about working from home is that you can work in your pajamas if you want to, but I find that if I don’t get out of my pajamas, I’m not that productive.  So, even if I just throw on jean shorts and a cozy cardi, I feel more “dressed” and I’m more likely to get things done.

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But, if I have some running around to do, I’ll put more thought into my outfit.  I’m usually in a ‘cute and comfy’ outfit most days unless I want to get a little dressier.

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BREAKFAST

Next, I head downstairs, make breakfast for me and the kids while James gets ready for school.  I never skip breakfast! I would chew my arm off if I haven’t eaten within an hour of waking up, which is why the protein drink helps sustain me until I can have breakfast.  I usually have a protein pancake with peanut butter and syrup or steel cut oats with cinnamon and raisins, topped with milk and sliced almonds.  Another quick option if you don’t feel like cooking are these frozen protein waffles.
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Jordan is a great eater and loves everything!  For breakfast she usually eats oatmeal, pancakes, toast, fruit or some combination with a sippy cup of milk.  I love to watch her eat, so being able to slow down and savor our morning meal is really nice.
Jordan breakfast
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I feel like she’s getting so big lately!  She’s 18 months old and her hair has grown almost long enough for me to put it up in a baby topknot. These cute pjs are size 2T! What?! They’re still a little big, but I got them at Nordstrom and they seriously have the.cutest.clothes for little girls!!  It’s a wonder I haven’t gone broke shopping for her because everything they carry is seriously adorable! Don’t even get me started on all the Fall goodness, but I try not to go crazy because I know she is growing so fast.
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After I clear our dishes and put them in the dishwasher, it’s finally time for coffee!! This is seriously one of the best parts of my day and I love enjoying my morning cup of coffee each day.

Coffee Maker

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Cozy Blanket

James is off to school by 7:30 or so, so I have the rest of the morning to just hang out and play with Jordan. I don’t really worry too much about picking up the house during the day- it’s just going to get messy again.  We’ll usually do a 15-minute pick up at the end of the day.

jordan morning pjs

messy living room

If you want to see what the house looks like when my sweet little tornado isn’t running everywhere, go here. 😉

WORK

We are so fortunate that my mom is able to come everyday from about 9-3 and watch Jordan so I can blog.  I hired her as my nanny, so it works out for both of us.  Of course we chit chat and catch up when she first gets there, but then I’m up in my office working away.  No two days in blogging look the same, but I always try to start with meditating and I use the Headspace app.  It helps calm me down and center me because I’m often all crazy like, “I don’t have enough time to do everything I need to do!!!” but if I just meditate and get focused, I’m better able to prioritize.
If I’m doing a fashion photo shoot for my blog, I usually start those as close to 9am as possible because we shoot outside and that’s when it’s not so freaking hot outside where you’re all sweaty and wet.  Ideally, we’d shoot at ‘golden hour’ but with a family, it’s hard to get away at that time. My girlfriend Tisha takes my pictures and I LOOOOVVEE hanging out with her.  She is amazing and funny and as soon as we get in the car together, we start talking nonstop.  We have kids similar ages and so much in common. 
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Those shoots take a couple hours, so on those days, I’m home in time to eat lunch with Jordan and then get up to my computer.  On most days, however, I’m up in my office by 9 am.  I live and die by my calendar and plan out a month of blog content at a time.  I know I always have This & That, Monthly Loves, Outfits Lately, Dressing Room posts along with food/fitness/organization/decor.
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Drafting the blog posts is what takes me the most time, but there’s also creating a newsletter (subscribe here!), Instagrams, Facebook posts, pinning content to Pinterest, answering emails and responding to comments.  I try to focus on just getting the blog posts done and published, but then things like corresponding and negotiating with brands, accounting and managing invoices, keeping track of expenses, taxes, ad management, picking up supplies for projects and photo shoots, along with keeping up with new tools and attending webinars always takes a ton of time too.  There’s also back end technical website stuff to deal with like blog photos uploading slowly or broken links to pages to deal with.
My desk usually looks like the picture above, not the one below- although I did figure out how to hide the ugly cords!
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It’s all a whirlwind of go, go, go and I try to get as much done as possible so that I don’t have to work past 3 p.m. when my mom leaves.  Of course, there are also lots of times (like yesterday and this specific post) where I’m up in my office late at night to finish up a blog post after the kids go to bed.  *I finished at midnight!!!
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  3 TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME

I’ll be sharing more work from home tips for you in a future post, but my top 3 are these:
1.  Get showered and dressed.  You’ll feel better and be more productive if you’re freshened up and not working in your pajamas.
2.  Set work hours.  It’s surprisingly easy to work round the clock when you’re in charge of yourself, but setting strict work hours helps you get more done in the set time and leaves you with non-work time so you can be with your family, rest, and just be “off” work.
3.  Use a productivity timer.  I use this app that sets a 25-minute timer and I work on ONE task for those 25 minutes, then take a 5 minute break.  Usually, for those 25 minutes, I’m writing a blog post or editing photos for a blog post.  On average, one blog post can take 4 hours just to write and input photos so I need to focus and set aside any distractions so I can get the work done.  If an email pops up or an idea or reminder comes to my mind, I jot it down on a notepad next to me and then during the 5 minute breaks, I’ll work on those little things.  This has made a huge impact espeically if there’s some task I’m procrastinating on, I tell myself, “just get started for 25 minutes” and often I get in a groove and it’s done before I know it!

LUNCH

I don’t miss meals! And because Jordan is on such a good routine, I usually head down to make lunch for us around 11:45 and we eat at noon.
Jordan lunch
For lunch, I usually eat leftovers or make something super quick and easy.
 cauliflower chickpea
Once in awhile, I’ll make a point to have lunch out with friends because, as wonderful as working from home is, it can also be lonely and isolating. There’s no water cooler chit chat or that coworker to drop by your desk for an afternoon conversation.  You really have to make an effort to get out and interact with people and not become a hermit!
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After lunch, if I’m feeling like I need a pick me up, I might run and go grab a Vietnamese Iced Coffee.  So yummy and it definitely gives me that jolt to get through the afternoon.
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But, I have to be careful not to have too much caffeine too late in the day or I won’t be able to fall asleep, so sometimes I opt for an iced tea.  I order it black and add half a splenda.
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And if we do have to run an errand together, I usually opt for these sneakers, these leopard flats or these comfy slip ons.  But I ordered these slides and can’t wait to get them!
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Usually, it’s back to work until 3, when my mom leaves and I have to go get James from school.
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PICK UP JAMES

At 3:00, we always walk my mom to her car and then walk and hang outside for a bit before going to pick up James from school.  It’s a great transition from work mode to mom mode and everything seems to slow down when you get outside.  Jordan is fascinated with everything and such an explorer.  But often I’m chasing way behind her because she’ll take off running and the girl is fast!
Jordan walk
I just love watching her cute little legs and body run around!  And again, Nordstrom is killing me with the adorable clothes.  I mean, teeny tiny Adidas?!?! Are you kidding me??!! I’m crazy for the Baby Boden line they carry. That’s the brand shirt she has on.  The quality is really good and they have such a soft color palette of darling clothes for both girls and boys.  Have you seen their overalls?  #beyond!
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Jordan at door
 It’s not too bad, but if Jordan is getting fussy in the pick up line, I’ll play kids songs and that usually pacifies her.  We get home around 4:00 and James hangs out, eats a snack, and eventually starts his after school chores and homework while Jordan goes down for a late afternoon nap.  I think she’ll be transitioning to one after-lunch nap soon, but right now she’s still on two.

DINNER

I start making dinner around 5 and we eat around 5:30- I know, super early birds, but we blame it on the baby.  Lately, Jordan’s been super clingy at this time of the day, so sometimes I play with her and my hubby cooks.  After dinner, we might do a quick play outside at a nearby park to get all the crazy kid energy out before it’s time to start the bath and bedtime routine.
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I had a major #momfail last week when we got so much rain and I realized Jordan didn’t have any rain boots.  Ever since I got my own pair of Hunters last year (and did a comparison of Uggs & Hunters), I’ve been the biggest fan, and I get so many opportunities to wear them, so I knew Jordan needed a pair.  Hers arrived a few days ago and they are perfect!  It was hard to narrow down the color, but I chose pink high-gloss for her.
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Can you even believe how big she’s gotten?!  So crazy since it feels like we just brought her home from the hospital!
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BATH/BEDTIME

Jordan gets a bath at 6:30ish and then we wind down in her room with reading and then it’s bedtime for her between 7-7:30.
After that, I’m pooped and usually sit my booty on the couch and watch TV with my hubby.  James goes to bed at 8:30 and that’s usually when I’ll post an evening Instagram and watch tv shows that are inappropriate for James.  #realhousewives
If I’m getting up at 5:30, I need to be in bed by about 9 and hopefully, asleep by 9:30.  I love to read to unwind and I just started listening to podcasts, so those help get me into bed as opposed to sitting on the couch watching tv.
Thanks again for joining me on this Day in the Life, you can check out all my friends’ days below!
Haneen from Haneen’s Haven 
Mallory from Style Your Senses
Erin from Sunny Side Up
Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles
Amanda from Dixie Delights 
Rebekah from A Blissful Nest
Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane
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47 Comments

  1. Dana Longwell
    September 6, 2017 / 5:40 am

    Love Jordan’s pink rain boots – too CUTE!

  2. September 6, 2017 / 5:42 am

    Love to read this kind of post, I can really understand when you say that you don’t feel so productive wearing pajamas, is the same thing for me when I work from home. Love all your photos:D

  3. September 6, 2017 / 5:57 am

    Thank you SO much for sharing and for such a thorough and fun post! You are one of my very favorite bloggers to follow for a lot of reasons. 🙂 As someone who works from home in PR with young kids and is also trying to follow my blogging dream — it’s so hard to balance it all and to structure my day, so I appreciate this glimpse into yours! PS – Jordan IS getting so big! Such a cutie!

  4. September 6, 2017 / 7:28 am

    Ha! I finished at midnight too 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing with us! Your tips are great and you look so cute running about your day! XO, Amy

  5. Rachel Steck
    September 6, 2017 / 8:23 am

    Thank you for sharing your life and your family – I love reading your blog and seeing the great photos. You have a beautiful family!
    xx

  6. September 6, 2017 / 8:32 am

    So cute! And what a busy day, girl! Love your office space!

  7. September 6, 2017 / 9:37 am

    Those pink Hunters–I die!! You are so blessed to have your mom close enough to be your nanny; what a wonderful way to get your blogging hours in while she builds memories with Jordan. I loved seeing what your day looks like, Megan–thank you for joining us!

  8. September 6, 2017 / 10:37 am

    I love these types of posts. It’s so interesting to see how people schedule their days. I more and more convinced I need to start waking up earlier so I can be more productive before I leave for the office. Hopefully one day I can work from home so I can cut commuting out of my schedule!

  9. Dawn
    September 6, 2017 / 11:52 am

    Those boots are adorable! It’s fun watching your little girl growing up, but makes me miss my kids younger ages. I have 2 daughters 26 and 23 and a son 19…I miss all the fun activities! My oldest did get married a year ago so I do have grandkids to look forward to. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  10. Colleen
    September 6, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Out of curiosity – what type of protein drinks do you use?

    • Megan
      Author
      September 6, 2017 / 8:11 pm

      Oh I should have said, I drink Muscle Egg- which is flavored egg whites. I get it online at muscleegg.com and the chocolate flavor is the best- tastes like chocolate milk!

  11. Chia
    September 6, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    I normally don’t comment on blog posts but I really enjoyed reading this one! Thank you so much for sharing a “real” day and not a “perfect” day as so many other bloggers do!

  12. Cary
    September 6, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    You have a really full day! Great post! What size are you wearing in the gray Hinge ruffle hem cardigan?

  13. Manuela
    September 6, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    Thank you for this post! It definitely helps boost those of us in Houston move forward to a normalcy. Happy to help some of the families you listed. Thank you for doing what you do 🙂

  14. Kandie
    September 6, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Thank you for giving us a sneak peek into your day to day life Megan! We are early bird eaters too, except for CCD nights during the week, so you’re not alone 🙂 It’s nice to see others on a general routine , which at times may seem extreme/mundane for some, but I can vouch that routine makes everyone happy. Your kiddos are getting so big so fast!

  15. Jackie
    September 6, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Loved the look into your day!

  16. September 6, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Great post, Megan! Can’t wait to see you in NYC soon!

  17. Amy
    September 6, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    Wow, wow, wow, you are a busy gal! Thanks for sharing and would love to know which podcasts you like!

  18. Jaclyn
    September 7, 2017 / 7:49 am

    What’s your go to protein drink right now? Did you drink these when you were pregnant with Jordan? Thanks for sharing!

    • Megan
      Author
      September 7, 2017 / 11:28 am

      Yes, I need to update and add the drink- Muscle Egg- which is flavored egg whites. I get it online at muscleegg.com and the chocolate flavor is the best- tastes like chocolate milk!

  19. Courtney
    September 7, 2017 / 9:25 am

    I love reading your blog. You do an amazing job. Just curious, what kind of protein drinks do you prefer in the morning?

    • Megan
      Author
      September 7, 2017 / 11:28 am

      Oh I should have said, I drink Muscle Egg- which is flavored egg whites. I get it online at muscleegg.com and the chocolate flavor is the best- tastes like chocolate milk!

  20. Sara
    September 7, 2017 / 9:37 am

    Thanks for sharing! And I would love to know which planner you use for that schedule and monthly planning!

  21. September 7, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    Where is your lovely ottoman/coffee table from. I need to update mine and I love this one!

  22. Samantha
    September 7, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Hey girly!!

    Loved loved reading this!!! Sounds very familiar…except my days often include organizing and container store…not fun fashion shoots. Sounds so much more appealing!! 🙂

    Can’t wait to see you in a couple weeks!
    Sam

  23. Christine
    September 7, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    Megan, thoroughly enjoyed this post! You sharing the amount of hours you spend on your business was really informative. I wondered if youhave a prior post where you discuss how you got into affiliate marketing. I’d be so interested in hearing how you decided to go that route and the research you did before reaching out to brands.

  24. September 9, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    I loved reading about your day! I’m also a work-at-home mom (blogger), but I have 6 kids and my days are so chaotic that I pretty much just fit in work whenever I get an opportunity. I really need to get on a set routine like yours because it sounds like it would make life a lot less of a headache! Your little girl is just adorable! My youngest will be 2 in October and she still doesn’t have much hair so I’m a bit jealous of you and your beauty LOL Lovely home and family!

    • Megan
      Author
      September 11, 2017 / 9:17 am

      If I didn’t have my mom to help there would be no way to get it all done. I do remember blogging when James was a baby and so I was always extra thankful for his long nap times so I could get more done! I don’t know how you do it with 6 kids!

  25. September 10, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    You had me at Real Housewives! Although, I’m not at good at waiting til they’re in bed and I sometimes have reruns playing in the background…. oops. They pretty much know some of the ladies by name haha.

    • Megan
      Author
      September 11, 2017 / 9:15 am

      Oh I know! I’ll tell James to go upstairs because I’m watching something inappropriate for kids. Then, he’ll peek his head out and ask, “hey mom, are you still watching that inappropriate show?” ha!

  26. September 11, 2017 / 12:05 am

    Megan, I enjoyed this post very much. It was extremely helpful for me as I embark on this blogger world. My children are older than yours, but I still drop and pick them up from school. The hours FLY by during the day, and thus I find myself working late at night after the kids have gone to bed which is hard. Thank you for sharing your tips!

    • Megan
      Author
      September 11, 2017 / 9:14 am

      There are never enough hours in the day! And if I don’t get in bed early enough, there goes my morning workout! Thanks for stopping by Natasha!

  27. September 11, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Ohmyword…I loved this post,and I’m exhausted just reading about your day! It is amazing how much time blogging takes…but so worth it! And I can’t get enough of your sweet family! xo

    • Megan
      Author
      September 11, 2017 / 9:42 am

      So thankful to have met YOU though our blogs Cassie! I’m so excited for our trip! #snuggle 😉

  28. September 11, 2017 / 11:07 am

    Jordan is getting SO big!! Drafting posts takes me the longest too and I love your idea of doing a 25 minute timer. I need to try that.

    • Megan
      Author
      September 11, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      I can’t wait to see you in a couple weeks Rebekah! Will be awesome to get to catch up in person!

  29. Guliana
    September 19, 2017 / 11:01 am

    What a busy day! Megan, I loved Jordan’s highchair, what is the brand? I love that it is so slim and light weight.

  30. November 30, 2017 / 7:39 am

    I love your home office and your giant diary/planner – that whole set up is a dream!

    You come across so well, really lovely and genuine – will definitely be reading more of your posts 🙂 Glad I found you on Bloglovin’!

    • Megan
      Author
      November 30, 2017 / 9:44 am

      So you you found me! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  31. Tammy Quinn
    January 1, 2018 / 10:48 am

    Hi Megan!
    I’m reading this late as part of your 2017 rewind. I LOVE getting this insight into your day and time management. I really enjoy your content and I am always wondering, ‘How does she do all of this?!’ ‘What does she run on!’ I’d be curious to know how you plan the time for all the shopping, decorating and projects in addition to writing the blogs and managing the overall business. You are such an inspiration! xo from Canada

    • Megan
      Author
      January 1, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      Thanks so much Tammy! Honestly, it’s a lot and I have to really prioritize. But, I can say that most of the shopping is done at night online! In fact, I have some things in my cart now and need to checkout! Thanks so much for reading!

  32. Victoria
    March 21, 2018 / 6:22 am

    I know this is an old post, but I stumbled back across it after reading your Miracle Morning routine. Any chance you remember where your tabbed monthly planner is from in the picture above on your desk? Thank you!

    • Megan
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:00 pm

      Hi! That is from Target!

  33. Melissa
    May 1, 2018 / 2:53 am

    What a great post! How lucky to be able to work from home with children. Just wondering if you routine changes much during winter? Do you still get to go to the park after dinner?

    • Megan
      Author
      May 1, 2018 / 7:48 am

      Thanks Melissa! We don’t always go to the park, but I love getting outside, even if it’s just in our front or backyard for a bit!

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